Here are all the rules for British travellers hoping to get some sunshine in the weeks to come.
The traffic light system for international travel is to be scrapped and the number of countries from which returning travellers will be required to quarantine in a hotel is to be cut, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.
From October 4, there will be a single red list of countries from where travellers to England must stay in a Government-supervised hotel – with Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives all removed from the line-up.
People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations, and from later in the month will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.
In a series of tweets, Mr Shapps said the new “simplified” system aimed to strike “the right balance to manage the public health risk as No.1 priority”.
The Department for Transport confirmed the eight countries coming off the red list as of 4am on Wednesday are Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.
How does the traffic light system work?
• Green: From October 4, People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations, and from later in the month will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.
Among the countries being brought on to the green list are Pakistan, the Maldives and Turkey.
• Red: Those returning from red list countries must stay in a managed quarantine hotel for ten days which they should book before their trip. Travellers must complete pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day two and day eight.
What countries are currently on the Green travel list?
Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
Antigua and Barbuda
Bangladesh (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
British Indian Ocean Territory
Canada (from 4am Monday August 30)
Denmark (from 4am Monday August 30)
Egypt (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
Finland (from 4am Monday August 30)
Israel and Jerusalem
Kenya (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
Liechtenstein (from 4am Monday August 30)
Lithuania (from 4am Monday August 30)
The Maldives (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
Oman (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
Pakistan (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Sri Lanka (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Switzerland (from 4am Monday August 30)
Turkey (from 4am Wednesday October 22)
Turks and Caicos Islands
What countries are on the Green watchlist?
If a country is in danger of moving to amber it will be added to the green watchlist.
Currently the below countries are on the watchlist:
Anguilla, Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Dominica, Grenada, Israel and Jerusalem, Madeira, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Taiwan, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Any advice on what to do in Green list countries?
Here is our guide on what to eat, see and do in Tel Aviv.
For Gibraltar you can use this guide.
What countries are currently on the Amber list?
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
British Virgin Islands
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Spain (including the Canary Islands)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
United Arab Emirates (UAE) (from 4am Sunday August 8)
United States (USA)
Wallis and Futuna
What countries are currently on the Red list?
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Montenegro (from 4am Monday August 30)
Thailand (from 4am Monday August 30)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
What you need to know about PCR tests
Tests currently cost between £120 and £160, however ministers are looking at ways to reduce the price to just £45 to help boost the travel industry.
Mr Shapps told the Commons in April that one provider said they could offer the tests for £44.90 each.
When will the next travel review take place?
The green, amber and red destination lists are updated every three weeks.
What is a quarantine hotel and how much does it cost?
To prevent the spread of Covid-19 and potentially harmful variants into the UK, people who have travelled from or passed through a red list country must self-isolate in government-approved quarantine hotel.
Travellers must complete ten days of quarantine which begins at 0.01am on the first day after arrival.
A Covid test must be taken on day two and day eight. Guests are permitted to leave the hotel after completing ten full days provided they test negative for the virus.
Transport is provided from the airport to the hotel and passengers who have parked at the airport will need to extend their parking period.
Full board is provided as part of the quarantine package including three daily meals, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, soft drinks and water.
Travellers must pay £1,750 for their stay, with an additional rate of £650 for children over 12 and £325 for children between five and 12-years-old.
From August 12, the cost for solo travellers in a quarantine hotel in England went up to £2,285 under new government rules.
There is no additional cost for children under five.